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Book Review – 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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I can’t believe we finally got a new book!

I first read The Hating Game when I was recommended it by a friend. It instantly made me fall in love with characters and reading for the first time since I was a kid. After reading this new book. Sally Thorne is my favourite contemporary romance author. I will buy anything she writes.

I really loved this book. Darcy and Tom have been friends for most of their lives but Tom is her twin brother Jamie’s best friend so he is off limits. Despite this, Darcy and Tom have lots of chemistry and when Tom comes to help with a family project they spend more time with each other than they have in years.

I loved the banter Darcy and Tom had. I liked Tom from the start, he seemed sweet and stressed out. Darcy seemed crazy! I love how unpredictable she was!! You never knew what would come out of her mouth! Especially around Tom! We were introduced to a few side characters that I really enjoyed! I really loved Truly and Jamie eventually! I love Sally Thorne’s writing style and how she develops fully, realistic, flawed and almost touchable characters. This book is a bit steamier than The Hating Game and I loved seeing the different relationships develop! I was sad to end this book and say goodbye to Tom and Darcy. They are definitely two characters I’ll never forget.

This book is out now!

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Book Review – The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

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This book follows two main characters over ten years. Stephanie and Jamie are both with other people. They eventually marry these other people after meeting eachother at art workshop weekend.
I initially liked both characters especially Stephanie who clearly was having a tough time. She had panic attacks within the first few chapters. I liked that Jamie brought her back to life and made her happier.
We realise after meeting the two main characters that Jamie is the art teacher in one of the classes. They very quickly fancy eachother and there’s instant lust.

It’s revealed very quickly that both are unavailable for any sort of romance yet that doesn’t stop them from flirting and arranging to keep meeting up each year at this art weekend. They start cheating with eachother and It really wasn’t pleasant to read. I don’t agree with cheating in life and I hate to see it in books.

They could have separated from their partners after they started falling for eachother instead of keeping it to once a year and cheating. It’s very clear these two people should be together and they will end up together so what’s the point in hurting other people when they could have just been together from the beginning.

The stories goes on over 10 years they both have kids with these partners and they still keep meeting to cheat together that’s when it really irritated me.

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This book was a rollercoaster of emotions the ending really upset me. I hated the characters and then I’d like them again. I loved the writing it was very easy to get into to.

It reminded me of love, rosie and one day which I absolutely adore. I just couldn’t get on board with all the the cheating.

I would have given this book a 4 or 5 star review if it had gone a different way but it let itself down with that aspect so I rate it 3.5.

I was kindly gifted this copy by Penguin Random House and Ebury books for an honest review on my social media

 

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Unboxing – January Dreamy Box “Court of Faerie”

Here is the dreamy and co January box unboxing. It was the “Courts of Faerie” Dreamybox box. I loved this box! I love every item! I adore the art print 😍

👑. A large wooden double-sided bookmark. The quotes are, “Power is much easier to acquire then it is to hold onto,” and, “Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.“

👑. A smaller wooden double-sided bookmark. The quotes are, “If I can’t find a good enough story, I make one,“ and, “I am not a monster, but maybe being a monster was my calling.“

👑. A pin with the quote, “He’s flint, your tinder.“

👑. A fridge magnet with the quote, “Sharpen your blade. Harden your heart.“

👑. A drawstring booksleeve bag with the quote, “It is said we learn more from our failures than our successes.”

👑. A double-sided sturdy print. One side has Jude and Cardan by Laura Hollingsworth

The other side says, “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

👑. An Undersea Candle from by flick the wick – that smells like crisp water, citrus, and see florals.

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Book Review – King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Spoilers ahead!

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King of scars is the latest addition to Leigh Bardugos Grisha universe. If you know me at all you will know that the grisha trilogy is one of my favourite series ever. I love every character because each character is so flawed and realistic. Leigh Bardugo is an autobuy author for me as I love her writing style and her awesome characters and storylines.

Set in world heavily influenced by Russian folklore Grisha are born with power alternatively despised or worshipped. The country of Ravka is recovering from a war and the aftermath of the leader of the Grisha known as the Darkling who was beaten. One of those struggling is Nikolai who is suffering from a curse. Surrounded on all sides by enemies there are two main plots running and eventually coming together. The first plot follows Nikolai and Zoya as they try to find a cure for Nikolai, while the other members of their councils try to hold off there enemies who are pushing forward on all sides.

The second plot follows Nina who is my favourite character, she is undercover in enemy country trying to find the source of an addictive destructive drug known as parem that enslaves Grisha and twists there power in unexpected ways. Nina is stuck in a storm of grief and loss looking for vengeance.

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This is a well written, fast paced addition to the grisha universe! I do not recommend you read it before the rest of the series however as you need to know what happens previously for it to make sense. Although I haven’t read crooked kingdom yet I did understand most of the storyline. But something’s didn’t make sense which I assume would if I’d read that one.

There was a lot for cameos of Grisha characters which I wasn’t expecting I thought this book would be completely about Nikolai and Nina but Zoya played a massive part in the story and I began to love her character alot. She kind of blended in the original trilogy so it was nice to get to know her properly and understand why she is so hard faced and strong and powerful.

So in short for those already following the Grisha universe this gets a enthusiastic recommendation for those new go back and read the original series or at least the Six of Crows series.

I rated this book as 5 ⭐ because it was everything I hoped for and more. The last chapter blew my mind and completely shocked me. It’s an exhilarating read. Nikolai is as sassy and charismatic as ever and I fell even more for his character.

 

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January Wrap Up

January Wrap up!

I can’t believe January is over! It’s gone by so quickly! Last month was the month of King of scars and the wicked king which were my most anticipated books of this whole year!

I read 8 books this month. Some were ebooks that’s why they’re not pictured here. .
My favourite was either the wicked king or my mother the psychopath as they both blew my mind for different reasons .

how about you? How did you do?

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🌙 give the dark my love by Beth revis

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🌙 Stuck up suit by vi keeland
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🌙 evermore by Sara Holland

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🌙 the wicked king by holly black

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🌙 hurts to love you by Alisha rai ✨ ★ ★ ★ ★

🌙 the vanishing girl by Laura thalassa
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🌙 enchantee by Gita trelease
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🌙 my mother, the Psychopath by olviia rayne
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Book Review – Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Enchantée
by Gita Trelease
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“Remember– magic is a cheater’s game, and everyone who sees it wants to play.”

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

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So here is my honest review. Firstly this story was beautiful. It did take me a while to get into the story as there was a lot happening from the very beginning. I have to say that it was well written. The author did her research on the time period and it showed in the descriptions and how the scene was set up.

I was expecting the glam of Paris and to be thrown into magic and that’s what I got. We have magic, romance, friendship, game playing and high stakes.

Although the main character wasn’t my favourite, I respected her. She did what she had to do for her family. She endured so much to make a better life for her and her sister even though it felt like she’d made things worse with every choice she made.

Seeing what she would go through to survive and for her family was amazing to read about. We also got to see her indifference. The more she used magic, the more she had to think about what was important to her.

My favourite person in this book was Lazare. He was struggling to find his place in the aristocratic court. He was of French and Indian descent and I was glad to see that here.

“The court of Versailles says I’m Indian. Why is it either/or? Can I not be both?”

I liked that we had questions of race and diversity here! Even though Lazare was an aristocrat, that didn’t make him immune from the whispers and racism.

I gave it 4 stars because although it was a good read the beginning was too slow for me and i felt like i was waiting for something to happen for most of the book. This book is beautifully written and really puts you inside the world of Paris at this time. Its vivid, magical and immersive. I really recommend this book if you love historical fiction and magic.

I was kindly gifted this book by Amber at Macmillan. My review is my own and i only speak my honest feelings on every book i read.

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Book Review – The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Well what can I say? This book is everything I wanted from the sequel to the cruel prince and so much more…

If you know me you know it usually takes me a good while to read any book. I read this in a day and a half… It may not be quick for some people but it was very quick for me! I could not put it down! I didn’t want to leave Faerie for even a second incase I missed something crazy happening.

This is how a sequel is done. So much manipulating and scheming. The things I loved about the cruel prince were brought forward into this and made even more exciting. The characters are so real you feel like you’re inside the book with them.

I love Jude so so so much. She is an amazing sister and friend and all she gets back in return is mistreated! I loved seeing her and Cardan and their new dynamic. He has changed alot since the first book! It was amazing to see a different side to him. He’s still the same snarky Cardan we will always adore though!

I don’t want to post any spoilers for the people who haven’t got their copy yet or read it but that ending?!! What the hell was that??? I hate cliff hangers and craziness right at the end so I have to wait a year for answers 😭
I absolutely loved it and cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing,

If you like Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, Sarah j maas then I am sure you will enjoy this series!